Filed under: Cable Management, Cables and Wires, Uncategorized
If you’re like me, you’ve probably wondered why we pack our electrical material in these tube-shaped conduits we refer to as “cables”. You’re probably not like me though, because that’s kind of a weird thing to wonder. But seriously, when you think about it, why a tube? It’s actually pretty cumbersome, and it doesn’t look all that great either. It’s not particularly easy to hide, and takes up a fair bit of physical space. But what if…there was another way?
ENTER FLAT WIRE AND TAPERWIRE
Flat cables are totally a thing you can buy right now! Instead of bundling the copper wire into a braid and running it through a tube, flat cables runs foil thin copper wire that’s essentially, well, flat. Think of them as that unpopular, socially awkward kid at the school dance who just blends into the wall (or as I like to call him, “me”). They can conform to just about any level surface, and can be bent to wrap around corners without damaging them or affecting performance at all. Right now, two different companies market flat cables: Taperwire and Flatwire. CableOrganizer currently offers both brands.
So, what can these flat cables be used for? Glad you asked. Well, I’m assuming you asked, and it makes me glad to think you did. There are currently a ton of different flat cables available for your wiring needs, including audio, video, HDMI, data, and low-voltage lighting. It’s great for home or office, and can really streamline a home theater system that’s overgrown with a bunch of cable vines. That thing looks like the ruins of an ancient castle. Bring it into the 21st century with some flat cables and impress all your friends. It’s also compatible with existing round wire, if you absolutely have to involve some of those wormy things in your set up.
Flat cables are not only pretty much flush with any level surface, but they’re also adhesive, which means they can easily be installed on whatever flat surface you like by just peeling and pressing. As I said before, it can be bent to suit your needs; no corner is too corner-y. Once it’s set in place, all you need to do is paint over it, and the cable becomes virtually indistinguishable from the surface itself! Far less noticeable than that bug that you accidentally painted over the last time you gave your wall a fresh coat. I can still see him there, like a little six-legged Han Solo frozen in Sherwin Williams Carbonite.
ELIMINATES TRIP HAZARDS
Beyond looking totally ugly on your wall, standard cables are also super annoying when they have to travel across the ground, because inevitably someone’s gonna come walking by, texting on their smartphone or whatever, and stumble right over your painfully three-dimensional cable. Then woops: broken phone, broken nose, and lawsuits a-plenty.
In this day and age you really can’t assume anyone is looking where they’re going, and don’t think signs are going to help; nobody reads those. Why, I myself just recently walked into one of those big metal cables they use to brace telephone poles…you know, the ones with the…well look, it’s not really important. And it wasn’t me, it was some other, less cool guy. Anyway, the whole trip hazard debacle is easily eliminated by installing some awesome flat cables on your floors, which are nigh untrippable thanks to their ultra-thin nature and adhesive backing. They can even be run under carpeting, if you’re one of those cutting edge folks who still has a bunch of carpeting everywhere. How are those stains working out for you?
TRIED AND TRUE
I’ve only recently discovered the existence of flat cables, but it turns out things can exist without me knowing about them. In fact, flat cables have been around for a good long while. Taperwire was developed in 1987 by Ron Fuller, and has been available in one form or another since 1991. Flatwire, meanwhile, was conceived by Robb Sexton in 1986, patented in 1995, and has been on the market since 2004. What I’m saying is, it’s not some fly-by-night fad, it’s the real deal. Seriously, I’m sitting here scratching my head wondering why we even have round cables anymore. I mean I suppose that was fine for Cavemen to power their stone television sets or woolly mammoth vacuum cleaners (The Flintstones is historically accurate, right?), but here and now we should really be past such prehistoric limitations, don’t you think?
Well…perhaps we still have a ways to go. Do you remember when I mentioned “low voltage” lighting up there? Go check if you don’t, or just take my word for it. That qualifier is important, as high voltage flat cables aren’t in existence just yet. HDMI flat cables are also pretty new, with Taperwire’s being a fairly recent release, and Flatwire’s version not being available at this time. Also, the highest CAT cable available is Taperwire’s Cat5e, with Flatwire’s Cat6 currently just as imaginary as their HDMI. (For more info on CAT cables, check out this article).
They’re also not cheap. Though they’re quite convenient, it comes at a price, literally. On the other hand, think how much you’ll save on all the additional items you’d have to buy to hide and trip-proof all your unsightly round cables? With that in mind, the price becomes a bit easier to stomach. It’s certainly cheaper than a lawsuit should anyone in your office trip over a wayward wire bundle, and the aesthetic benefit to your home entertainment set-up is hard to ignore. Plus, it’s not like you can just make your own…
Everyone knows what a wall plate is. You see them everyday, but you probably don’t give them a second thought. Maybe you should reconsider those dull rectangles, though (and start by reading my article on when to replace them), since there are actually many different types of wall plates available beyond the standard electrical outlet you’re used to seeing.
They look sad…and kinda surprised.
Here are just some of the types of electrical based wall plates available for different applications.
A Few Types of Wall Plates and Their Uses
Keystone wall plates: This type of plate features anywhere from 1 to 6 small holes for keystone modules, which can be applied to a number of different multimedia applications. A “keystone module”, for those who might be unaware, is a small snap-in package featuring a connection port for any number of purposes, including audio, video, data, networking and more. Like most types of outlet plates, these come in multiple different color types to help match in with the surrounding décor or whatever mood you’re in on any given day (black if you’re feeling emo, gray if you’re feeling boring, etc.).
I like my outlet plates black…like my soul.
A/V wall plates: These are specially designed plates which are perfect for use with corresponding inserts to meet your audio and visual needs. They are ideal for home theater setups or entertainment systems. Personally, I’d say the coolest one is this Recessed Media Box with a self-healing face. It eliminates visible holes and allows you to run multiple cables through a single opening. I wish I had a self-healing face. I’d charge people to punch me square in the nose. People get to let out their aggression, and I get a little pocket money without the staggering hospital bills. It’s a win-win.
Telephone wall plates: These guys are designed to provide an easy connection for telephones. For the under thirty set who are undoubtedly scratching their heads right now, a “phone” used to be something that actually needed to plug into the wall, not just a little computer box that fits in your pocket. These wall-plates generally feature a single port, although multiple connections can be used. They are white in color, and are great for providing an easy installation of a phone system within businesses or homes (for all five of you out there who still have a house land line).
Let me know when they come in black.
Gang Wall Plates: “Gang” in this scenario refers not to a group of thugs, but to gangbox, which is a term in the electrical industry that refers to a box, usually metal, that houses installed electrical components. When it comes to wall plates, a “1 gang” houses a single component, like a switch for example, while a “2 gang” houses two components side by side, and so on in that fashion. Plates that house up to six gangs are available. These plates are designed to be installed over the top of electrical power points, or any other electrical based connection point to help create a flush appearance. They’re available in all kinds of set-ups for whatever your electrical needs might be, and you can tell that emo kid up there that they have them in several colors and styles.
Including red. That guy likes red, right?
Filed under: Braided Sleeving, Cable Management, Cable Ties, Clips and Grommets, Cable Wraps
As tempting as it may be to just throw all your cables in a tangled heap in the corner, you know you’re going to regret it the second you have to actually locate a specific cable to remove or rearrange anything. There are a number of organizational options available for even the laziest of individuals when it comes to cables and wiring. Here are just three solutions that can be used for your home or office.
Simple Cable Management Solution Options For Home and Office
The first solution is the always popular cable ties. These are specially designed fasteners that loop around the cables with the end pulled through the head hole locking it in place. They are available in a number of different types made from different materials including nylon, Velcro, and metal. There are reusable and mountable options available as well. You could probably even use them for things that aren’t cables, if you want. We won’t judge you like that woman at the garage sale on The Simpsons. These are an excellent option for securing your cables and are available in a wide range of colors if you’re into being flashy.
A veritable rainbow of utility.
Next up, we have cable clips. Like the name suggests, these are small clips that clamp or twist around the cables secure your bundles as needed. They can attach cables to walls or other surfaces, and can securely hold the cables in place at all times. Like ties, they’re available in multiple colors and designs to suit many different types of cables, but unlike most ties, they can usually be easily opened without destroying them, allowing for easy repositioning if you need to move your cords around. They’re like hair clips, if your hair was thick and made of rubber tubes that housed copper wiring. Which maybe it is, who am I to judge?
Like this, but less creepy.
Finally, we have cable wraps. Much like cables themselves wrap around and protect the copper wiring within, these wraps protect bundles of cables, like those Russian dolls that fit inside each other. Except the wraps actually serve a functional purpose. They come in many different varieties, from the stiff raceway to Pet wrap braided sleeving. Raceway is nice because it’s mountable and can be painted to match its surroundings, but its stiffness limits the amount of cables you can actually fit inside. Braided sleeving, on the other hand, is flexible and can expand to fit more cables within, but it’s not quite as camouflaged as the chameleon-esque raceway.
Pictured: the same thing, basically.
Hello One and All,
My name is Shane and I’ll be your new Social Media Person (SMP) here at CableOrganizer.com. Please, let me take five minutes of your time to introduce myself.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “cable” as…hmmm, you know what? Too high school valedictorian-ish. Let me try that again, with some 21st century flair:
Urban Dictionary defines “cable” as…oh. Oh gosh. Don’t go there. Ever. A little too 21st century. Let’s find some happy middle ground, shall we?
Wikipedia defines “cable” as…hold on…scrolling through the “disambiguation” page…here we go…“Cable (Nathan Summers) is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics…He was born in the present Marvel timeline but was sent into a distant future.” Yeah, that sounds about right.
Furthermore, an “organizer” is defined as a “small book or binder that is designed to be portable. It usually contains a diary, calendar, address book, blank paper, and other sections.” So here I am, ready to…write a diary all about your favorite superhero (FROM THE FUTURE!)! No…no that’s not it. I think I’m actually here to write important (and hopefully interesting) material to help you learn about all the wonderful products we offer at CableOrganizer.com, as well as helpful tips on using them. Yeah, that sounds right.
All jokes aside, I’m proud to be working for a company that is so customer-focused that it actually allowed me to write and publish an entire article about how high-end HDMI cables are basically a waste of money. And we sell cables. Seriously, your dog doesn’t even love you that much. And neither does your cat, if you have one…I hate to be the one to break this to you, but your cat never loved you, or anyone else. Because it’s a cat and it’s full of disdain for all living things.
Cable management is important in any cable application to help contain unruly and messy cables each and every day. There are many different products on the market in today’s world which have been successful in managing cables. But some that really stand out are the Panduit cable managers which are designed for many cabling applications.
What Are Panduit Cable Managers?
Panduit cable managers are specially designed cable management equipment which is great for providing an easy means of managing different cables from electrical to networking cables. These Panduit cable managers are available in a range of sizes and shapes to choose from which can easily suit specific cable management needs.
Benefits Of Panduit Cable Managers
Panduit cable managers are great for a number of different reasons and feature many benefits that can really help to create a more manageable cable setup.
- Material: The first benefit of these cable managers is the material they are made from. Constructed from high strength and durable metal materials, these Panduit cable managers can easily promote optimal support for a variety of different cable lengths and weights.
- Versatile: Depending on the type purchased, these Panduit cable managers are designed to promote high versatility within any application. They are available in different sizes and shapes including vertical and horizontal designs. When used for the right application, they can easily provide a sturdy and reliable cable management solution for any network or electrical cabling applications.
- Easy Installation: Because of their simple design these Panduit cable managers are able to be easily installed into any commercial or telecommunication businesses. They are great for easily installing any cables at any point in time and are ideal for helping to manage, find, or replace cabling when needed without working through a lot of mess.
Panduit cable managers provide a great means of managing cabling in larger cable setups. When looking to keep your cables organized, especially in networking applications why not look into the trusted name of Panduit for your cable management solutions.
Home safety is an important thing especially when you have young children or elderly parents. There are many different things that can be done to help make your home safe for you and your family at all times. Here are just some of those things that you may not have thought about.
Protect You and Your Family With These Home Safety Tips
Smoke Alarms: No matter what time of the year it is there is always a risk of a fire outbreak. This can cause death or serious injury. Monthly checking of your smoke alarms will help to keep you safe each and every year. If you don’t have one or two installed into your home then you should think about investing in one as it could save your life one day.
Cable Covers: Messy cables spread out across the floor can cause a tripping hazard, especially when they are in the way of doorways or other walking areas. With the use of a simple cable cover you can easily and neatly organize all your cables into one area eliminating multiple strands of cables. These cable covers also help to protect your cables from becoming damaged when constantly stepped on. They are great for any home safety plan.
Safety Glasses: Safety glasses are beneficial for protecting your eyes when you are doing outdoor chores. These are great for wearing when mowing, wiper-snipping or brush cutting, cutting tree branches, shoveling dirt, and so much more. The eyes are important and once they are damaged it can’t be reversed. Safety glasses can help to protect your eyes from small particles that may float or be thrown towards your face.
Fire Cable Clips: Cable clips such as the Chameleon Clips Electrical Fire Safety Clips are great in a number of ways. These clips are designed to be wrapped around your electrical cords when they are constantly plugged into the power to help provide a warning if the cord is overheating. These cable clips change colour from green to orange if the cord has become hot. This can help to warn you of the danger of a possible fire risk while also saving you and your children from getting burnt. These are a great item when looking to improve your home safety.
Cutting electrical wires requires the right tools to ensure safety at all times. There are many different insulated cable cutting tools on the market although one that really stands out is the Klein Tools Insulated High-Leverage Cable Cutter. This cable cutter has many different benefits and here are just some of those advantages that will help you when installing and cutting cables.
Cut Cables With A Cable Cutter
Compact Body: One of the first benefits of this cable cutter is that it features a compact body. The size and design of the body is great for use in confined work areas. This provides easy cutting of cables in tight spots which may prove useful in certain commercial and industrial applications.
Electric Shock Protection: Another important feature is that these cable cutters are designed to provide protection from electric shock. Manufactured with a two layer flame retardant and high dielectric dipped handle, this cable cutter will protect the user if they stumble across an electrical wire. It is designed to protect you up to 1000V.
Secure Grip: When working with electrical wiring it is important to ensure you are holding your cutters tightly. This cable cutter offers a comfortable and secure grip which doesn’t wobble because of the hot riveted joints. This promotes smooth action making your cable setup and cutting extra easy.
Multiple Wire Cutting: Not only does this cable cutter provide added safety but it also promotes the cutting of multiple wiring and cables including soft copper, aluminium, and 100 pair 24 AWG Communications Wire. This can prove useful in a range of different cable installations providing a fast means of cable cutting each and every time. With its shorter tip at the end it provides a closer cut when cutting cables and wires.
Brightly Coloured: Because of their brightly coloured orange handles they are perfect for easy identification and use when in a hurry. These cable cutters are designed to stand out from the rest of the tools in the tool box creating less searching time and more action time.
Many people die from home fires right around the world and some of these are because they didn’t have a fully running smoke alarm installed properly. Smoke alarms are used to help protect and warn when there are fires and should be installed and checked every month to make sure they are working at full capacity. Here is some information when it comes to smoke alarms and installing them in your home.
What Is A Smoke Alarm?
A smoke alarm is a small and compact device which is able to detect when there is excess smoke within your home. These alarms are designed to be installed on ceiling areas and are triggered when smoke floats over them sending out a high pitch and fast, loud beeping sound.
Why Are Smoke Alarms Important?
Smoke alarms are important in any home because they can help to prevent death or serious injury. Because they are triggered by smoke, if a fire occurs in the middle of the night while you are sleeping, they will wake you up from your deep sleep giving you time to escape.
Where Do I Install Smoke Alarms?
Smoke alarms are generally installed on ceiling areas. The best places to install these devices are in bedrooms, dining rooms, hallways, and living areas. Although you may think that installing one near or in the kitchen or bathroom is the right place, this may cause more problems than help. Sometimes smoke alarms may be triggered by the steam from hot showers. They are also trigger from smoke or steam that may be released when cooking. A good rule is to keep the alarm few meters from the kitchen or bathroom to prevent false alarms from triggering while you are showering or cooking.
When Should I Test My Smoke Alarm?
Smoke alarms should be tested monthly and this is easily done. On the alarm there is a small button, with a broom end or by climbing on a step ladder you simply press this button and if it is still working it will let out a beeping alarm. If it doesn’t, it means that the battery is flat or the smoke alarm is faulty and should be changed.
Homes right around the world are targeted by criminals who are looking to steal valuable items or damage property. There are many different ways of protecting your home from these thieves and this is by the use of security cameras and devices. Although for those who don’t have the money or time to install complex home security system setups in their home, there are other options which may prove useful to you and affordable at the same time. With the STI® Rex Plus® Barking Dog Alarm and Visitor Alert device you will be able to scare any trespassers from your property allowing for protection all year round. Here are some benefits of this clever dog inspired device which are perfect for all sorts of homes.
Bark Not Bite With This Dog Alarm
Replicates Viscous Dog: The first and best benefit of this home security system is that it mimics the barking of a large and viscous dog. This device is designed to bark when an intruder is in the vicinity of its sensors, and increases as the intruder gets closer for increased performance and realism.
Easy Installation: Another great thing about this home security system is it is designed to provide a simple and easy installation process. This dog alarm security system offers a simple plug in design which allows you to setup your device in almost any location. The settings are designed to be adjusted to suit your preference making the device sound lifelike to intruders.
Movement Activated: This dog alarm home security system is designed to act on movement through the walls of your home. This is beneficial for people with driveways alongside their home where intruders can walk to your backyard or back door. This device will detect this movement and send out a fierce bark to deter them from coming any closer.
Affordable: Unlike many other home security alarms and devices, this security dog alarm is much more affordable to allow for money saving. With changes in the economy and rises in crime you can’t afford not to have some sort of security device around your home.
Security devices such as cameras and DVRs are used to capture criminal acts on people and property all across the world. But what happens when the crime they are protecting valuables from turns on them causing a loss of evidence, while also costing the owner hundreds to thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements? For DVR protection, purchasing a DVR lockbox is a great option to help with removing the risk of damage if the trespasser turns on your security system. Here are just some of the benefits of DVR lock boxes.
Lock Them Up With DVR Lock boxes
Protection: The first and most beneficial reason why DVR lock boxes are used is that they provide optimal protection of your DVR. These boxes are designed to protect your DVR in a strong and sturdy casing where only you will be able to get to it with the use of a lock and key. Because of the high protection rating, they are great for high risk areas where criminals may beat or try to damage the box to get to the DVR.
Strong Manufacturing: Another great thing about these DVR lock boxes is that they are constructed from strong metal or steel materials which promote a tough exterior. This construction provides resistance against heavy object slamming into the box from keeping your DVR safe at all times.
Easy Installation: A great thing about these DVR lock boxes is that they offer an easy installation of your device ready for use. These boxes come available in surface mounted and rack mounted options which provide versatile installation in any area. They also feature an easy DVR slip in setup with enough space for the cords and cables to be installed to keep your device running at all times. The lockable design provides a secure means which prevents anyone from tampering with the device.
DVR lock boxes provide a range of great benefits when it comes to the installation of your security DVR. With so much crime nowadays why would you want to risk your money on replacing damaged items.